About 6 months ago, my boyfriend and I decided that we needed to travel. We decided we would find our home in the Westernmost US. So, we bought a motorhome, an 87’ Jamboree, who, with a little work and love put into it, brought us to our new home.
Three months, nine states, over 9,000 miles, and a vast number of experiences later, we FINALLY settled on a destination. Utah was our chicken dinner (ya know – winner, winner…anyway). There were so many beautiful places and good times in each state, but Utah had something special about it.
We couldn’t be more excited when we told our families the news. A few of our close friends and family thought nothing exciting or good could come of Utah, you know because we’re brown, which is not common our here, and…the Mormons. A lot of what their claims were stories they were repeating, which had no personal experience to back it up. I get it; I was in the mind frame once.
One of the first things we wanted to do when we got here was meet up with some old friends. They too have stories of how the Mormons are pushy and terrible to be around. They did have experiences, but they also had judgements. Many judgements communicated by others causes you to skew what your true experience could be.
Even while we were planning our trip, we had open minds, open hearts, and a positive outlook. From so many we spoke to (especially those who have never visited this state), warned of these religious fanatics. We also were warned of the racism. I believed not one of those would be in my reality.
And, I can say that with all the rumors of what we would experience, the only one that has come true is clean and fairly manicured cities.
When you are truly looking forward to wonderful experiences without the cloud of judgement raining over you, wonderful things can happen. EVERY experience I’ve had has been, at the least, pleasant. EVERY person that I’ve met has been warm. Nothing has been pressured onto us by anyone. Our decision was to focus on the beauty. We can say that we LOVE Utah and our experiences here.
Think about the people you’ve met. The first thing that rubbed you the wrong caused you to judge them. Most of what they did from then on could easily be tainted. When those close to you or those you respect make judgements of anything or anyone and you choose to hold it as truth, it affects your experience.
Pushing judgements aside allows you to have untainted, wonderful experiences that are personal to YOU.